ZIMBABWE: PRESIDENCY/SABANEWS/19/8/18 SABANews 1
HARARE – President EMMERSON MNANGAGWA of ZIMBABWE says the opposition election petition against the 30 JULY presidential poll result is simply a tactic to delay his inauguration.
The ZIMBABWEAN Leader, who the Electoral Commission has since declared as duly elected, has filed his defence papers with the Constitutional Court in the capital, HARARE.
President MNANGAGWA has a team of lawyers under the leadership of Advocate LEWIS URIRI, who say the petition lacks validity and should be thrown out.
Opposition MDC ALLIANCE Leader NELSON CHAMISA filed his papers last FRIDAY, claiming the Electoral Commission stole his victory on behalf of the ruling ZANU PF Candidate.
Results from the just ended general polls show the governing party managed 145 National Assembly seats against 63 of the MDC ALLIANCE, and President MNANGAGWA beat Mr CHAMISA with 50-POINT-EIGHT percent against 43-POINT-THREE percent.
While Mr CHAMISA says he has no problem with the Parliamentary ballot results as they stand, he says he has evidence the presidential ballot result is in his favour.
However, in his defence papers President MNANGAGWA says Mr CHAMISA did not mount his application for the bona fide purpose of setting aside the result of the presidential election of 30 JULY 2018.
The defence says instead, the move by the opposition leader aims to delay the inauguration of the President-elect and to make political statements in court.
The defence alleges the actions of Mr CHAMISA are obvious from the fact that the application does not comply with the rules of the honourable court and the Constitution.
President MNANGAGWA says the court must see through the trick and dismiss as well as condemn the application for the grossly childish manner in which Mr CHAMISA prosecuted it.
The Head of State says Mr CHAMISA has produced no evidence of anomalies to justify the overturn of the declaration by the 23RD Respondent, Electoral Commission chairperson Justice PRISCILLA CHIGUMBA.
The defence also says the opposition leader has avoided the physical recounting of the votes, preferring, instead, to sway the court into considering unsubstantiated claims by faceless witnesses in some cases.
The Constitutional Court of ZIMBABWE has not yet announced a date for the opening of the opposition petition case against the 2018 Presidential ballot, but it has up to 14 days to finalise the hearing and give judgement./Sabanews/cam